Learn More
BACKGROUND Multilocus sequence typing (MLST) is currently the reference method for genotyping Streptococcus agalactiae strains, the leading cause of infectious disease in newborns and a major cause of disease in immunocompromised children and adults. We describe here a genotyping method based on multiple locus variable number of tandem repeat (VNTR)(More)
We developed a rapid in vitro test for determining the association of Campylobacter jejuni and C. coli with HeLa cells. Association was expressed as a weighted mean of the number of bacteria associated with one cell in an association index (AI). The reproducibility of the AI was checked by repeating the test six times, using four strains chosen at random.(More)
The ability of 111 Streptococcus agalactiae strains to bind to human fibrinogen was quantified. We correlated the percentages of bacteria that bound to immobilized fibrinogen with fibrinogen-binding (fbs) gene characteristics of strains and with clinical origin, serotypes, and phylogenetic positions of strains. Percentages varied from 0.4 to 29.9%.(More)
Previous genetic analysis of Haemophilus influenzae strains isolated from genital and neonatal infections identified a group of biotype IV that constitutes a cryptic genospecies only distantly related to H. influenzae and H. Haemolyticus. Small-subunit rRNA genes of two representative strains of this genital Haemophilus genospecies (strains 16N and 2406)(More)
We identified-by randomly amplified polymorphic DNA (RAPD) analysis at the population level followed by DNA differential display, cloning, and sequencing-three prophage DNA fragments (F5, F7, and F10) in Streptococcus agalactiae that displayed significant sequence similarity to the DNA of S. agalactiae and Streptococcus pyogenes. The F5 sequence aligned(More)
A collection of 54 unrelated Streptococcus agalactiae strains isolated from cerebrospinal fluid samples from neonates and 60 unrelated strains isolated from carriers that had been previously studied by multilocus enzyme electrophoresis (R. Quentin, H. Huet, F.-S. Wang, P. Geslin, A. Goudeau, and R. K. Selander, J. Clin. Microbiol. 33:2576-2581, 1995) were(More)
A Pasteurella multocida human isolate was resistant to beta-lactams because of production of ROB-1 beta-lactamase. The beta-lactamase was encoded by a 4.3-kb plasmid closely related to that of a Pasteurella bovine strain, as shown by Sau3A restriction profile and hybridization with a plasmid probe containing the blaROB-1 gene.
Nineteen isolates belonging to a cryptic genospecies of Haemophilus (referred to here as genital strains) isolated from genital tract infections (6 strains) and from neonatal infections (13 strains) were studied for fimbrial genes. Sixteen strains exhibit peritrichous fimbriae observed by electron microscopy. By PCR with primers corresponding to the extreme(More)
Group B streptococcus (GBS) is the main cause of neonatal sepsis and meningitis. Bacterial surface proteins play a major role in GBS binding to and invasion of different host surfaces. The scpB and lmb genes, coding for fibronectin-binding and laminin-binding surface proteins, are present in almost all human GBS isolates. The scpB-lmb intergenic region is a(More)
Haemophilus strains usually identified as Haemophilus influenzae biotype IV belonging to a cryptic genospecies are responsible for genital and neonatal infections. As a first approach to identifying the bacterial factors involved in the pathogenesis of these unusual diseases, we studied the piliation, adherence, and invasion properties of 17 strains(More)